Ear infection defines as an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, and that occurs when fluids build up behind the eardrum. Everyone can get ear infections, but very common in babies and children. There are some symptoms that can be seen when they are having ear infections. Some of them are tugging or pulling the ears, fussiness, and crying, trouble sleeping, fever, fluid draining from the ear, clumsiness or problems with balance, and trouble hearing or responding to quiet sounds. Within one- or two weeks’ time ear infections typically resolve on their own and symptoms such as pain and inflammations, typically clear within three days. Within this period as a home, the remedy can use a warm compress or an over-the-counter pain medication to help alleviate symptoms.
Ear infections may happen when water dripped into a baby’s ear during a bath and spending time outside without a hat on a cold day. Most ear infections occur during or soon after a cold. Ear infections can cause drainage and getting a bad smell will also be a symptom of having an earache.
Ear infections are normally clear up on their own and Antibiotics do not help with ear pain immediately. If a child is having ear pain, parents give pain relievers as well as putting a warm washcloth on the child’s ear. Keep the child hydrated, homeopathic ear drops, elevate the child’s head and acetaminophen are home remedies for an ear infection. If full recovery does not happen after 2 days’ time, then it is better to consult a Doctor. There are some other reasons to be noted when parents have to see the Doctor for a child’s ear infection such as, if the child is younger than 6 months, they have a fever, ear pain is severe and the child stays restless and whiny after getting over a cold or chest infection. Sometimes it helps to ease the pain of the ear when holding a warm compress to the child’s ear. Also, giving the child plenty of fluids to drink encourages swallowing, which can help drain the middle ear and relieve painful pressure.
When babies are teething produce more saliva and then increasing the risk of middle ear infection. It enlarged glands in the throat called adenoids and can contribute to middle ear infection as well. Then the middle ear infection causes earaches. Children of middle ear ages can explain their earaches and can be treated accordingly. Some earaches will get worse at night when the child is chewing, sucking a bottle, or lying down. If the child’s ear is paining, he may repeatedly pull on the ear that hurts. Some children get runny noses, cough, fever, vomiting or dizziness, and hearing loss when they are having earaches. Some of the moms are used to putting drops of breast milk to ease the discomfort of the children’s ears.
There are some ways of cleaning the ears when having ear infections. First, wet the washcloth or cotton ball with warm water and then ring out the washcloth well. steps of putting ear drops are, lie the baby on his side with the affected ear facing up, gently pull the lower lobe down and back to open the canal and place the drops in the ear as the pediatrician recommended.
There are three main types of ear infections namely, Acute Otitis media (AOM), Otitis media with effusion (OME), and chronic otitis media with effusion (COME).
Acute otitis media is a common ear infection and the parts of the middle ear are infected and swollen and fluid is trapped behind the eardrum. When this happened, it causes pain in the ear and is commonly called an earache. Sometimes fever can be seen in this infection.
The Otitis media with effusion happens sometimes after an ear infection has run its course and fluid stays trapped behind the eardrum. In this infection, children do not have symptoms, but Doctor will be able to see the fluid behind the eardrum with a special instrument.
The Chronic otitis media with effusion has no infections but happens when fluid remains in the middle ear for a long time or returns over and over again. This infection is making it very harder for children to fight new infections and also can affect their hearing.